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Entire Electoral System is Corrupt says Clive Palmer!

September 10, 2013


Mining magnate Clive Palmer says he won’t win the Queensland seat of Fairfax because the entire electoral system is corrupt.

The Australian Electoral Commission website has Mr Palmer as the frontrunner in the race for the Sunshine Coast seat, with 51.83 per cent of the vote after preferences.

But the Palmer United Party (PUP) founder says his Liberal National Party rival Ted O’Brien is likely to get over the line by just a few hundred votes.

“I’d be highly surprised if I won,” he told The Gutter Trash earlier today.

“But there’s absolutely no way I will win based on voting irregularities and the security of the ballots.”

Mr Palmer says if he fails to win Fairfax, two PUP candidates expected to be elected to the Senate will block Tony Abbott’s policies unless electoral reform is promised.

“We think it’s a corrupt system. Until that’s sorted out Abbott won’t be getting any legislation through the Senate with our support,” Mr Palmer said.

Mr Palmer said there were vast discrepancies between results at polling booths and postal votes, which were counted later.

“At Coolum Beach, the vote for me was in the order of 60 per cent, but then the AEC suddenly announced a pre-poll and postal vote of about 37 per cent,” he said.

“Those pre-poll and postal votes were meant to be counted before the booths were. The AEC told us they would be.”

Mr Palmer says his scrutineers weren’t allowed into some counting rooms, nor were they provided with copies of AEC officials’ signatures to check against signatures on ballot papers.

The PUP founder also said it was wrong that people didn’t have to provide identification to vote, and used pencils rather than ink to fill in ballot papers.


“Having votes marked in pencil is just a joke,” he said.

“Even in Zimbabwe you have to mark you thumb with ink and have identification. What’s to stop one guy to go into 10 different polling booths and voting 10 times?”

He also said ballots weren’t secured overnight, and were simply kept in large plastic bags that were vulnerable to tampering.


“They should be kept under lock and key, the ballot boxes should also be sealed and signed by each party’s scrutineers and only opened in the morning by those same scrutineers,” Mr Palmer said.

“That always happens in other countries. Why not here? Maybe Australians are just apathetic.

“If there were UN observer here this would be regarded as an unfair election.”




16 Comments leave one →
  1. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 10, 2013 10:56 am

    Clive is such a breath of fresh air. For too long Australian politics has been dominated by an unholy duopoly. Clive has given people a real choice. He has much more in common with ordinary voters than fringe extremists like the Greens.

  2. Walrus permalink
    September 10, 2013 12:15 pm

    “He has much more in common with ordinary voters…………”

    Yep…………..and this guy from the Liberal Democrats sounds OK too (except he likes guns too much). He is OK to repeal the carbon tax and does not agree with Direct Action nor Abbott’s PPL.

    As far as the Victorian Motorist Enthusiast Muir is concerned…………well who does’nt like a roo poo fight . And we could do worse than see a few dakkings in the Senate

    Perhaps the Gods have smiled upon us.

    But I can hardly wait to see Christine Milne’s brain explode if the carbon tax gets repealed.

  3. public toilet permalink
    September 10, 2013 12:50 pm

    I quite like what I’ve read of the Liberal Democrats.

    The sourgrapes from the majors means that the minors are a positive development for democracy.

  4. September 10, 2013 1:07 pm

    “I quite like what I’ve read of the Liberal Democrats.”

    Me too actually…

  5. September 10, 2013 1:11 pm

    Although upon closer inspection they seem to support gun ownership and slashing foreign aid…

    Strikes me as a party ToSY might vote for (just quietly)… 😉

  6. Ol' Sancty permalink
    September 10, 2013 3:03 pm

    Better than average chance that someone from south eastern Victoria might have fallen foul of the authorities at some point. This will be fun to watch.

    But good on him. And the others. Noticed the Greens complaining. Well the common denominator of all those micro parties preferencing each other was that the Greens were way down their lists. They might not have known who they wanted but they didn’t bloody want the Greens. That part was clear.

    And you know what, we might get the odd direct question to the odd minister now, requiring of a direct answer. And that can only be a good thing. Not sure how the bloke will handle the long drawn out Senate debates though.

  7. Walrus permalink
    September 10, 2013 3:43 pm

    “Better than average chance that someone from south eastern Victoria might have fallen foul of the authorities at some point.”

    Goes with our convict heritage I suppose

  8. September 10, 2013 4:11 pm

    Yeah, not just gun ownership but actually carrying for self defence, I think. *squirt, squirt…

    But support euthanasia, drug law reform & other libertarian principles which I see as meritorious.

  9. Ol' Sancty permalink
    September 10, 2013 4:16 pm

    As one who has uttered the words many times “If I only had a gun right now” I’d suggest legalised handguns are perhaps not a great idea.

  10. September 10, 2013 4:33 pm

    I’m with you, el stanky.

    Too many hotheaded wankers who shouldn’t have the option of lethal force in their hand when their uncontrolled emotions are boiling over. It’s just the nature of the human animal.

  11. Walrus permalink
    September 10, 2013 4:41 pm

    Oh do come on…………..get real

    Who of us have never wanted to utter………………..

    “……..But being this a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?’……..”

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    September 10, 2013 4:51 pm

    I just wish I could have been a Faifax voter … anyway I did give the PUP a 1 .. or was it the Lib Dems … er no … um … not the Libs nor the ALP … bugger me who was it?

    Anyway it was some mob who would give either the ALP or the LibNits a hard time in the Senate …


    BTW, would some stick a big hanky in Craig Emerson’s big gob!

  13. Splatterbottom permalink
    September 10, 2013 5:56 pm

    “BTW, would some stick a big hanky in Craig Emerson’s big gob!”

    Agreed. Can’t have ALP types telling the truth even if they wait until after the election.

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    September 10, 2013 6:30 pm

    Only a Fuckwit would continue to prattle like Emerson he chose not to run for re-election, he’s Gillard’s ex-boyfriend, he’s a Gillard ex-minister, he’s the one using words like treachery as if Rudd’s knifing wasn’t treachery in the first place – fkn hypocrite …

    He’s just another bad loser like that other Fuckwit Latham …

    Rudd was knifed for trying to reduce the influence of the unions on the Caucus, Leadership and Ministers …

  15. Walrus permalink
    September 10, 2013 6:32 pm

    Has anyone looked at the cemetery that TPS has now become.

    Ad Astra is blaming Murdoch for the Defeat.

    Are these people so fucking stupid, so devoid of realisty, so fucking delusional that they dont realise that when people like Warren Mundine start voting LNP then the problem sure ain’t Murdoch.

    What fucking fools they are.

    But on the flipside the longer they believe Murdoch or the Press in general to be the problem the longer they will stay in Opposition.

    Murdoch you wonderful bastard………………!

  16. September 10, 2013 6:45 pm

    “Has anyone looked at the cemetery that TPS has now become.”

    It’s not amongst my regular reading, but I just had a peak…

    You could be forgiven for thinking that someone just died going by the comments…

    Honestly, some people need to get a sense of “perspective”…..

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